Myanmar earthquake prompts China to map active faults

Two 7.0 magnitude earthquakes stuck Myanmar on Thursday, March 24, 2011. Earthquakes struck a relatively rural section of the country that borders Thailand, Laos, and China. But these back to back disasters, earlier in Japan and now in Myanmar, prompted Chinese government to launch a campaign to map the country’s active fault lines.

Gao Mengtan, with the CEA Institute of Geophysics, said the country is working on a new seismic zoning map, which marks regions in terms of their quake risk. The map will be finished this year. Based on the new map, the government will release specific “counter-seismic” requirements for buildings and facilities across the country according to Gao.

Here is a map of the earthquake’s intensity and  the location of the quake released by USGS already.

Source: Huffington Post; Xinhua

Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern



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